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I've read a few of your posts and totally enjoy your writing - are you a writer, wryter? At any rate, I loved Being Julia too and was disappointed when Annette Bening didn't win the academy award for her performance. She has been nominated twice and ironically lost to Hillary Swank both times. Also liked your comment - "not my blend of tea" and wonder if I can use it sometimes! I am not a sci-fi fan but did go to see District 9. I went because I knew my husband would like it and he did. Once I was able to get past the gore, I could sit back, be objective and feel that it was well done. If one were to ask me what is my passion, I would say movies. I don't usually dig deep to try and find "what did the film really mean". To me, District 9 was well done for its genre, politics aside. Also, The Day the Earth Stood Still is one of my husband's favorite films. He didn't like the remake at all.
Hello Janice0927. Take the "2" out of your name to make perhaps 0907 and you've got my Birthday. I mention it only because I've enjoyed a few Labor Day holidays through my life and finally have another this year. (Seven years ago, a Leap year popped in there and I was cheated!) I've been waiting a long time for this one.
I checked your profile and am glad you're not afraid of foreign films and the attending subtitles. My hearing is not great and I utilize closed-captioning with everything on TV so a foreign language movie with necessary subtitles is a pleasure. (I try the listening devices but dislike them.) You mention, among your favorite TV shows, "TCM," a cable channel. It is also one of mine, as was AMC until they began adding commercials. I recently discovered "FMC" (FOX Movie Channel?) which has slightly more contemporary fare. To economize, I am considering giving up cable and going with an analog converter box and some fancy rabbit ears. The few channels I will get (and I've bought the converter and the "ears") do look great digitally. But then you go and mention TCM and I wonder if I can live without the C-Span channels and the cable news programs. Like my dad, mature years have made me something of a news junkie. With basic TV, I will have PBS which does have two great news sources: The Lehrer News Hour and always stimulating Charlie Rose. Will it be enough? We'll see.
The lack of choices may force me out to the multiplexes more often. Like you, my longest theatre marathon was three movies. When I lived in San Francisco, they had a new, kind of intimate metroplex (intimate for a place with 9 or more screens) and, once inside, there was only the condiments booth on one level and, otherwise, you were pretty much free to roam. (As a downtown metroplex in a restored building, it was built on something like ten stories -- the first four or so for parking.) Patrons had to take escalators or elevators between about four floors to check out perhaps four different screens per floor.
As to "shock" or "horror" films, I am beginning to think I have to read up on "District 9." If, as it sounds, it is some district in a futuristic America, I don't think I'll bite. I saw Kurt Russell in "Escape From New York" years ago and, loving NYC as I do, was utterly depressed by its depiction of a shattered New York in some future time. After a long health battle some years ago, and missing regular visits to Manhattan, I made it back in March, 2002, on the six-month anniversary of 9/11. From my bargain hotel on West 72nd Street (the former Hotel Olcott, now apartments; as recently as 2002, it had weekly rates and kitchenettes in every room), the Bell Captain took me up to the roof on March 11. Through the nighttime haze, we could still see the Ground Zero beacons. From that distance, the beams appeared grey rather than blue. It was still an emotional experience and I was so appreciative I could be back in my favorite of all cities to honor her at that moment.
"Not my blend of tea" is not copyrighted so use away. "Wryter" is a kind of allusion to writing but I am only a wannabe. I've never been published. And, it isn't an affectation as I fear some may think. The "wry" is for wry humor (kind of dry and twisted) and the "ter" is simply the first syllable of my name. The humor is just something everyone in my family had to develop to survive. If you couldn't give and take "teasing," you were not going to make it. Wry humor is often misunderstood as sarcasm but I think it's just a bit subtle and not always recognized as humor.
Very nice note, Janice, and, freely quoting something someone else has written, "See you in the movies!" -- Terry